This past week the Towards Zero Death conference took place in Mankato. It is an opportunity for road engineers, traffic safety professionals, EMS and law enforcement officers to hear from both local and national speakers about road improvements, crash studies, drugged drivers, enforcement issues and more.
It is the largest conference of its kind in Minnesota with almost 1,000 people in attendance. There was recognition of innovative road design and officers who have gone above and beyond in their duties.
One speaker shared how her life was permanently impacted by the fact that she was not wearing her seat belt when her car was struck. As a result of her injuries, this young woman now has little use of her right arm, she’s mostly blind in her right eye, she has memory issues and a traumatic brain injury. Despite all that, she pushes forward through life and advocates for wearing a seat belt and writes a monthly column.
There is a dedicated commitment, on all levels, to improve the safety of our roads and to reduce the number of deaths related to crashes, distracted driving, alcohol impairment and more.
This especially holds true in Blaine. Officer Steve Nanney and his wife Suzie were killed in June due to a distracted driver, which was totally preventable.
That being said, the message for you this week is to slow down. Wear your seat belt. Make sure your child/children are buckled into the appropriate child restraint. Pay attention to the task at hand. If you are impaired, call for a ride. Lastly, put the cell phone down, texting can kill.
Police Media Report
10/11 thru 10/17 (PDF)